Amazon Prime Video: New must watch shows – what’s coming soon

From Jack Ryan to a Lord of the Rings TV series, here are some of the highlights coming soon to Amazon Prime customers

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From today, BT TV customers will be able to access the Prime Video App, allowing them to sign-up and watch thousands of TV episodes and movies, including award-winning Prime Originals and exclusive series like The Grand Tour; The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel; and live exclusive coverage of the US Open Tennis Championships, along with the widest range of TV box sets.

Here is a quick look at the incredible schedule of new series coming soon to Amazon Prime

Jack Ryan – Streaming from August 31st

Jack Ryan

With an original storyline, while still maintaining the fan-favourite characters, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is an action-packed CIA thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats through every twist and turn.

The series is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the unexpected Tom Clancy hero portrayed by John Krasinski (A Quiet Place, 13 Hours) and created for television by Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Fringe, Prison Break), who also serve as the series’ Showrunners.

A second season has already been confirmed by Amazon.

Watch the exhilarating first trailer below:

 

Lord of the Rings series - 2020

Based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, the multi-season series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.

“We are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins.

“Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring
A world-renowned literary work, and winner of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings novels was named Amazon customers’ favourite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain’s best-loved novel of all time in BBC’s The Big Read in 2003.

Its theatrical adaptations, from director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide. With an all-star cast that included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings trilogy garnered a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Utopia – 2019

Utopia is a nine-episode series from award-winning Gillian Flynn, the best-selling author and screenwriter of Golden Globe nominated Gone Girl and HBO’s highly anticipated Sharp Objects. 

Utopia is based on the British series of the same name written by Dennis Kelly.

A group of young adults, who meet online, are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organisation after they come into possession of a near mythical, cult, underground graphic novel – they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

“We are huge fans of Gillian Flynn’s electrifying work,” said Nick Hall, Head of Alternative Series for Amazon Studios. “She crafts stories that hold her audience in a constant state of suspense and subverts the expectations behind her characters. She will deliver Prime Video members a seriesthey won’t forget, and Utopia’s relevance is sure to connect with viewers around the globe.”

“Utopia is pure creative catnip to me. Dennis Kelly’s show blew my mind, and he has been so incredibly generous in letting me crack open his world and play around in it and make it my own weird, wild place. Utopia is all about exploring resonant issues within dark, twisted storytelling—it's a series that's urgent and current and a little holy-crap!, but a hell of a lot of a fun,” said Gillian Flynn.

American Gods season 2 – 2019

American Gods is a fantasy drama based on the novel of the same name by British writer Neil Gaiman.

Starring Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane, the bold and original series isn’t like anything else on TV right now,

Dean Winters (Divorce, John Wick), Devery Jacobs (Cardinal, This Order) and Kahyun Kim (Shameless, Freaky Friday) have been cast as Mr. Town, Sam Blackcrow and New Media, respectively, in the second series of the critically-acclaimed Prime Original series.

The Underground Railroad – TBC

Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) will direct all episodes of the highly anticipated The Underground Railroad.

Based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Underground Railroad won the National Book Award and was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club pick.

The book is about Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.

Jordan Peele projects – TBC

The Oscar and Emmy Award winning writer-director has signed a first-look deal with Amazon and two projects are already in production.

The Hunt is a drama about vengeance-driven Nazi hunting and Peele is also working on the documentary, Lorena
The four-part documentary series that reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded the event.

Lorena provides a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt and how one incident laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.

25 years later, Lorena is a groundbreaking re-investigation of the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of this infamous American scandal. Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America.

Nicole Kidman projects - TBC

Nicole Kidman

Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner, Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and her production company, Blossom Films, are making original series that will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

“Nicole is a force of nature as both an actress and a producer,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “She understands the focus of bringing addictive, entertaining and compelling television to our Prime Video customers as well as movies that will connect with film audiences. Stay tuned for many exciting projects to come in the very near future!”

Kidman says: “I’m excited to start working with Jen Salke and the Amazon team. Our goal at Blossom Films is to create important and entertaining content across multiple platforms, and I can’t think of better collaborators with which to accomplish this.”

Blossom Films, created by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari, executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning limited series, Big Little Lies, for HBO.

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